A few weeks ago our ward was in charge of a tri-ward Youth Mutual Activity. We decided that a Speed-Friendshipping activity would be fun and help the youth to get to know one another. Today I am sharing my Speed-Friendshipping Printables.
We were scared that the youth might not come if we told them that we would be having a Speed-Friendshipping activity, so we decided not to include that on the invitation. For the invitation I went with a pretty simple design, but I love it! Plus, you could totally use this invite for a Minute-To-Win-It game night.
One of the printables that I will be sharing today is the invitation that we used for our mutual activity. As always, I am sharing my invitation for free for you to download and use. Please do not share the invitation file with anyone or edit in any way (except for adding your text). If you’d like to share, please send them to my site. 🙂 To download my invitation just click the link below. To add your text, just open Microsoft Word (or any other editing program) and add a text box on top of the invitation. Add your text and you’ve got yourself an invitation.
The fonts that I used for my invitation are
To download the invite, click the link below and then right click on the invite and click “Save Image As”.
Speed-Friendshipping Printables: Question Sheet
The next printable that I am sharing with you is the question sheet. When doing a speed-friendshippign activity it is a good idea to have a list of questions for people to look at. It can be hard to come up with great questions when you’re under pressure!
We looked around the internet and found some great questions and also thought of some of our own. I compiled all of the questions onto a matching question sheet that we printed and handed to each of the youth.
Speed-Friendshipping Youth Activity
We started the night off by discussing the 2018 Youth Theme/Scripture: “Learn of me, and listen to my words; walk in the meekness of my Spirit, and you shall have peace in me” . We tied the learn and listen part of the scripture by explaining that the best way to get to know someone is to learn about them and listen to them. After reading the scripture together and talking about it we discussed communication skills with the youth. We got some great ideas from this post over on One Creative Mommy. Instead of just getting up and telling the youth how they should talk to each other, we thought it would be better to show them. Two of our leaders volunteered to do this, and I heard it was great (unfortunately I missed the activity because of sick kids).
We encouraged the youth to listen and learn about one another, just like we are asked to do in order to gain a relationship with our Savior and our Heavenly Father. After we talked about communications skills we moved on to Speed-Friendshipping.
There are different ways to play, you can search the internet and find what would work best for you. We decided to skip setting up tables and only used chairs. We had rows of chairs facing each other where the youth sat. We handed out a question sheet to each person and then gave them 1 minute to ask and answer as many questions as possible.
After one minute, blow a whistle and have them move over (to the right or left, whichever you choose). We decided to do one minute at first, but if you notice that one minute isn’t long enough change it to 2 minutes. We continued the speed-friendshipping activity for 30-40 minutes, then moved on to the last activity.
I’m not 100% sure what they ended up doing the night of the activity, but during our planning meetings we discussed having an activity to focus on the “walk” from the 2018 scripture. Here are just a few of the ideas that discussed:
Group Scripture Puzzle
For this activity we were going to split the youth into groups of 5-7 and tie them together. At the other end of the cultural hall would be the year’s scripture, but with blank spaces. They were going to have to work as a team and walk to the other side of the gym, picking up word strips along the way. Once they picked up all the word strips they were to go to the scripture poster and fill in the missing words with the word strips. We thought this would be a great team-building activity while including the theme.
Since they just learned a lot about one another, we thought it would be fun to play a fast paced “Find Me” type game. Everyone would be standing, and then a leader will say something like, “Find someone who was born in ______.” The youth would then have to remember who they talked to and find a person that answered that particular question with that answer. Once they found their person, they could go to the opposite side of the cultural hall, raise their hand, sit down, etc. We thought this was a great ‘walking’ game, but a great way to remember what they just learned about one another.
Those are just a couple ideas that we thought of for our “walking” activity. Do you have a fun game that would work for the “walking” portion of this activity? I’d love to hear if you do.
I hope you enjoy my Speed-Friendshipping Activity Idea and Invite, and use it for your own LDS Youth Activity. I would love to hear if you do, so leave me a comment letting me know.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day!